Gov. Phil Bryant, who faces challengers in both Tuesday’s Republican primary and November’s general election, had $2.8 million on hand at the end of July. Bryant’s primary opponent, Mitch Young, had $40.
In one of Mississippi’s most expensive races this year, department store heir David McRae has spent more than $360,000 airing television ads to unseat incumbent State Treasurer Lynn Fitch in the Republican primary, according to data from media tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG. Fitch has spent an estimated $81,000 on TV ads.
McRae and his wife are using their fortune to seed the campaign, contributing at least $975,000 of the $1.1 million his campaign had raised by late July.
Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is one of the biggest spenders in the state when it comes to TV ads. Chaney has spent at least $110,000 airing ads for his re-election bid, while his Republican primary challenger — body shop owner John Mosley — has spent an estimated $25,000 on TV time.
Another incumbent, State Auditor Stacey Pickering, has spent at least $51,000 airing TV ads to fend off GOP primary challenger and Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler.